Shoreline Elite Aquatic reaching out
Shoreline Elite Aquatic (S.E.A.) a CT Swim Club established in April 2012, is offering an elite swim program at the University of Bridgeport’s Wheeler Recreation Center.
Director Brad Flood of the highly-successful Bridgeport University’s swim team is the owner and team administrator of S.E.A., together with head swim coach Michael Ferraro, an All-State and four-time All-American swimmer.
The assistant swim coach is Shane Pelton, who is also the assistant swim coach at the University of Bridgeport and has coached National swim champions.
S.E.A. is composed of swimmers from Trumbull, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Monroe, Shelton, Wilton and New Haven.
If your age group swimmer is interested in excelling, S.E.A. will bring them to the next level. Contact Shoreline-Elite-Aquatics.org.
Ferraro said, “As a coach it’s always been my dream to create a team that allows an athlete to be given the best possible training environment for them to achieve their own personal excellence in the sport of swimming.
“I saw the need in the community for this high performance swim team, for those swimmers who excelled past the Rec Swim Club level or lessons level.
“With the help of the University of Bridgeport, S.E.A. has created this environment of elite swimming.
“In April 2012, we started S.E.A. with a small group of highly competitive, dedicated swimmers. SEA’s roster has almost doubled with a very positive influx of swimmers from multiple towns and are still accepting swimmers.
“Even though our SEA numbers have almost doubled, I love that we always keep a small team feel. We care for one another like a family and each swimmer feels like they are important.
“After every practice or hard set, each member of the team high fives each other and shows respect for one another’s effort. We really do want this to feel like your part of a family.
“Shoreline Elite Aquatics offers three skill levels, bronze, silver and gold. The most important thing is dedication, not times when looking for a spot on S.E.A.
“We have athletes ten-years-old up to their twenties. As coach, I determine what skills each individual swimmer has with a tryout, and what group would offer the best for the athlete to excel.
“It has been a dream to start this team and watch it grow, and I know the best is yet to come.”
Seven swimmers qualified last year for the Eastern Zone Super Sectional Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., and the coaches anticipate doubling that this season.
S.E.A. has already out touched many teams to place 7th out of 21 at the Connecticut State Senior Open Invitational, which included competition from out-of-state swim clubs.
S.E.A’s women’s division ranked 7th out of 25 at the Connecticut State Age Group Championships.
S.E.A also participated at the Sunkissed Invitational in North Carolina, where the Ultra Swim Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte is also held and platform honors were achieved by Hunter Wronski and Lisa Ward.
Shoreline Elite Aquatics athletes that have achieved success and will continue to swim at the college level are Ward, who will attend Central Connecticut State University, and Katie Krajcik, who will attend Southern Connecticut State University.
S.E.A. has made a splash with multiple high school state champions, including Mary Spillane, who was CT Post’s Athlete of the Week.
Some new athletes from the University of Bridgeport that now swim for S.E.A. have qualified for NCAA National Championships, US Opens, World Championships and Olympic Trials.